New York Political Activity laws & HR compliance analysis

New York Political Activity: What you need to know

New York's Election Law provides that employees who are registered voters must be given time off to vote in any election if they do not have 4 consecutive nonworking hours when the polls are open.
If an employee needs time off to vote, the employer must pay the employee's wages for up to 2 hours. However, more time may be taken without pay. Time may be taken either at the start or near the end of the employee's working shift, as the employer chooses.
At least 10 days before every election, an employer must post a notice of employees' right to time off for voting. The notice must remain posted until the close of the polls on election day. Employees who need time off to vote must notify the employer from 2 to 10 working days before the election (NY Elect. Law Sec. 3-110).
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An employer that refuses to allow an employee to vote, or penalizes an employee for taking time off to vote, is guilty of a misdemeanor (NY Elect. Law Sec. 17-118). For more information, see the New York State Board of Elections website at https://www.elections.ny.gov.
An employer is prohibited from trying to influence an employee's vote by:
• Intimidating an employee with physical force, violence, restraint, or other type of injury
• Placing a political message on or inside an employee's pay envelope
• Exhibiting in the workplace, within 90 days of an election, any poster or other type of communication that threatens work will be stopped, wages reduced, the business will close, or other retaliatory action taken if any particular ticket or candidate is elected or defeated (NY Elect. Law Sec. 17-150)
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New York Political Activity Resources

Type Title
Letters Distribution of Literature in Workplace
Policies Voting Policy
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